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Sunday Roast A Disaster? Not Anymore!
Microwaves in General
Member Name: Redhillmum
Microwaves in General
Date: 07/11/00, updated on 07/11/00 (506 review reads)
Advantages: Crispy brown chicken in 38 mins, cakes no probs, grill brill!,
Disadvantages: Can't use as a microwave until oven has cooled
Sunday joint a chore? Burn the roast? Chicken too dry?
If this sounds like you (I WAS that woman) you can solve the problem and cook the perfect chicken or joint of meat without any trouble in next to no time!
Perfect solution, a combination microwave!
I must admit, before I bought my first one I would just not have believed how good they are.
The model I have is a 'Panasonic Dimension Plus' which was the top of the range when we bought it just over 18 months ago (maybe not now).
Basically, it is a Grill, Convector Oven and Microwave all in one.
I think that the 'auto-cook' mode is by far the best feature and you would not believe the time saved when cooking a joint/chicken, even cakes.
Now I don't know about you, but cakes have never been one of my strong points, well, not
unless your a sparrow, because they are the ones that I used to fling them to when they ended up like biscuits!
Well, you can impress your other half/kids and bake something knowing what is actually in there (no dodgy 'E' numbers) when you use the auto cake programme. Just make up your cake mix (recipes in the hard back book supplied with cooker) spoon into a baking tin, which must be of the Teflon variety, pop it in the oven, press auto cake and the start button and that is it! No inputting times, weights or anything at all.
I think when I made the Madeira Cake (which is wonderful) it baked in about 19 minutes!
Same principle with joints of meat/poultry,
just place the round metal tray in the oven, place trivet on top, pop in joint/chicken,
press chicken/pork/beef button and then start button and that is it.
A 3lb 3oz chicken takes approx 38 mins to cook completely from start to finish, is brown, crispy and succulent!
Just think, during this time you can be preparing the rest of the dinner without the hassle of checking, basting etc.
n even cook chicken portions in the same way, but you have to cook a minimum of about 4 otherwise the cooker can't calculate the cooking time properly (poussins are brill, stick 4 in at once and impress your dinner guests, they look and taste fantastic).
I originally bought one back in 1991 (a Panasonic Dimension 4) when I lived overseas and paid about £450 (tax free) which was quite expensive then, but they were £700 in the UK at the time, so it was quite a good deal. It lasted until early 1999, which for a microwave these days is outstanding considering it was used either as an oven or a microwave every single day for 8 years!
Another good feature is when you are grilling, you can input the time, close the door and come back when finished! No leaving the grill flap down and letting all of the smell into the kitchen, or going back to check every minute to see if you have burned the sausages.
I think the only drawback is, if you are cooking something on auto-cook then you can not cook more than that particular item at the same time, ie in a normal oven you could
have the joint on one shelf the roasties on another.....
Also, if you have just cooked something using the oven programme, then you can not cook on auto-cook until the oven has cooled completely (it can not work out the proper cooking time if the oven is still warm).
Also, when used as a conventional oven, grill, you can't use the microwave until oven has cooled (for obvious reasons).
Otherwise, I would recommend this type and particular model to anyone who is short of time, can't cook(!) or just is short of space (would be good for a caravan/flat etc).
Well worth the extra money, if mine blew up tomorrow I'd be off to the local retailers and buy another one, no second thoughts.